The Obama Administration was today critical of the Palestinian unity deal as “unhelpful” to the peace process, but downplayed the collapse of the talks, which have effectively been dead since late March.
The comments seem to reflect the administration’s rose-colored view that has typified the whole process, with Kerry for months predicting his own “framework” would be endorsed and lead to a deal, even after both sides had already repeatedly disavowed the plan.
Congress, by contrast, seems disinterested in the process as such, and more excited that the collapse means a new chance to stick it to the Palestinians, with hawks saying they intend to push for a full defunding of the Palestinian Authority to punish them for the unity deal.
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